PIL in SC seeks CBI probe in Yeddy mining scam

A PIL seeking a CBI probe against ousted Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and others for allegedly causing Rs 1.50 lakh crore loss due to illegal mining as held by the state Lokayukta was today filed in the SC.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2011, 22:49 PM IST

New Delhi: A PIL seeking a CBI probe against
ousted Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and others for
allegedly causing Rs 1.50 lakh crore loss due to illegal
mining as held by the state Lokayukta was today filed in the
Supreme Court.

The petition filed by an advocate Manohar Lal Sharma
urged the apex court to ensure that the huge loss reportedly
caused on account of illegal mining activities should be
recovered from the former Chief Minister and others allegedly
responsible for it.

It urged the apex court to direct the CBI to prosecute
the persons under IPC Sections 420 (cheating) and 409
(breach of trust) as they have allegedly breached the trust
reposed on them by the public.

According to the petition, the probe ordered by Karnataka
Governor H R Bharadwaj through the Lokayukta investigation
wing would not throw light on the alleged irregularities and
only a CBI probe would bring the people responsible to book.

The petition wanted CBI to probe the loss caused to the
exchequer between the period of 2006-2010 and cited the
recent Supreme Court observation in the judgement in the
Ambani brothers` gas dispute that natural resources were
national wealth.

PTI